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Editors:Dominique Poulot, Felicity Bodenstein, José María Lanzarote Guiral
Conference:Great Narratives of the Past Traditions and Revisions in National Museums: Conference Proceedings from EuNaMus; European National Museums: Identity Politics; the Uses of the Past and the European Citizen; Paris 28 June – 1 July & 25–26 November 2011
Publication type: Conference proceedings

logoThis collection of conference papers examines the different narratives that museums have; since the beginning of the nineteenth century and up until the present day; developed as monuments to and of national histories. The aim has been to identify how narratives and their impact might have changed over time and more particularly how this can contribute to our understanding of how they might be changing today. The expression "great historical narratives" was chosen to avoid being tied down to the more ideologically specific defined notions "grand" and "master" narratives. Indeed; the perspective of these conferences was to consider the principles that have allowed the national museum to coherently present great histories in a literal sense – vast and spanning major chronological and geographical subjects. The collection places emphasis on the idea that narratives of the past are accounts based on the diversity of materials or factual sources used to illustrate them; constrained by conventions that bestow particular values or meaning upon them.

It is produced within the three-year research programme EuNaMus – European National Museums: Identity Politics; the Uses of the Past and the European Citizen; coordinated at Tema Q at Linköping University ( EuNaMus explores the creation and power of the heritage created and presented by European national museums to the world; Europe and its states; as an unsurpassable institution in contemporary society. National museums are defined and explored as processes of institutionalized negotiations where material collections and displays make claims and are recognized as articulating and representing national values and realities. Questions asked in the project are why; by whom; when; with what material; with what result and future possibilities are these museums shaped.

The collection is based on the presentations made by researchers that came together from across Europe during two separate events organised by EuNaMus directed by Dominique Poulot at the University of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne: Great historical narratives in European museums (1750-2010): Building National; Looking across Borders and Remembering the Past; Paris; Institut national d’histoire de l’art; 29th of June to the 1st of July; 2011; Great historical narratives in Europe’s National Museums; CRRMF; Louvre and Institut national d’histoire de l’art; Paris; 25th and 26th of November 2011.


Dominique Poulot
Preface: Uses of the Past – Historical Narratives and the Museum
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Felicity Bodenstein, Dominique Poulot
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Constructing Narratives in the Museum: Authors and Locations

The Authored Museum

Stephen Bann
Alternative Paradigms for the Historical Museum: Lenoir’s Monuments Français and Du Sommerard’s Cluny
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Magdalena Hillström
Nordiska museet and Skansen: Displays of Floating Nationalities
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Maria Gabriella Lerario
The National Museum of Prehistory and Ethnography “Luigi Pigorini” in Rome: the Nation on Display
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Gabriela Petkova-Campbell
Uses and Exploitation of History: Official History; Propaganda and Mythmaking in Bulgarian Museums
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The Importance of Place

Sylvain Cordier
Intimating History: (re)-furnishing Versailles for Louis-Philippe’s Musée d’Histoire de France (1834–1837)
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Constanze Breuer, Paul Kahl
National Museums as Memorial Places The Goethehaus Weimar and the Foundation of National Museums in 19th Century Germany
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Christina Ntaflou
The New Acropolis Museum and the Dynamics of National Museum Development in Greece
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Traditions of National Identity Constructions

National History

Ellinoor Bergvelt
Great Narratives or Isolated Statements? History in the Dutch National Museums (1800–1887)
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Despina Catapoti
A Nationalist Palimpsest: Authoring the History of the Greek Nation Through Alternative Museum Narratives
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Amy Clarke
From Royal to National: The Changing Face of the National Museum of Scotland
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Lill Eilertsen
Freedom Loving Northerners: Norwegian Independence As Narrated in Three National Museums
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Frank Matthias Kammel
The Germanisches Nationalmuseum in Nuremberg: The Cultural Memory of a Nation without National Borders
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Richard Petterßon
The Museum of National Antiquities in Sweden and its national agenda: an overview of the 1900-1970 period
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Melania Savino
Narrating the “New” History: Museums in the Construction of the Turkish Republic
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Colonialism and Ethnographic Narratives

Giovanni Arena
The City of the Colonial Museum: The Forgotten Case of the Mostra d’Oltremare of Naples
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Maria Anna Bertolino
Museology and ethnography in Italy: an historical perspective
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José María Lanzarote Guiral
Rediscovering the Americas: the making of Latin American archaeological collections in Spanish national museums
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Iulia Pohrib
Tradition and Ethnographic Display: Defining the National Specificity at the National Art Museum in Romania (1906–1937)
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Nikolai Vukov
Ethnoscripts and nationographies: imagining nations within ethnographic museums in East Central and Southern Europé
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Intersecting Authorities;Territories and Narratives

The Regional and the National

Nathalie Cerezales
Local religious art exhibitions; between heritage and evangelization: the case of Las Edades del Hombre
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Martin Sundberg
Representation and Regionalism: Moderna Museet and the Construction of a Narrative of Swedish Women Artists
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The National and the Universal

Gábor ébli
Universal Culture and National Identity: The configuration of national museums in nineteenth-century Hungary
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Tiffany Jenkins
Inverting the Nation at the British Museum
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Miklós Székely
A National Historical Narrative in Universal Context – The Historical Mural Cycle of the Hungarian National Museum
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Transnational Narratives

Felicity Bodenstein
Musealizing Napoleon (1837–2011): From Traditional Representations to a Dualistic European Master Narrative
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Michela Paßini
Historical Narratives of the Nation and the Internationalization of Museums: Exhibiting National Art Histories in the Jeu de Paume Museum between the Wars
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Andy Sawyer
Maritime master narratives in European national museums
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Social Uses of Memory; Contemporary and Critical Revisions

Revisiting Traditional Narratives or Contemporary Traditions

Johan Hegardt
Narrating a (New) Nation? Temporary exhibitions at the Museum of National Antiquities in Stockholm; Sweden between 1990 and 2009
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Annie Malama
Greek Modernism: A National Scenario. Experiences and Ideological Trajectories
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Pascale Meyer
Four narrative perspectives on Swiss history at the Swiss National Museum
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Dominique Poulot
Museums and History in Contemporary France
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Sheila Watson
Museums and the Origins of Nations
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Reconciling the Past

Péter Apor
Master Narratives of Contemporary History in Eastern European National Museums
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Thomas Cauvin
One Common Event; Two Distinct Narratives: Commemorative Displays in National Museums in Ireland and Northern Ireland in the 1990s
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Narratives and The Post-Colonial Era

Sigrid Lien, Hilde Nielßen
Conventional Ethnographic Display or Subversive Aesthetics? Historical Narratives of the Sami Museum; RiddoDuottarMuseat-Sámiid Vuorká-Dávvirat (RDM-SVD) in Karasjok; Norway
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Alexandra Galitzine-Loumpet
An Unattainable Consensus? National Museums and Great Narratives in French-speaking Africa
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No. of pages:635
Series:Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):1650-3686
ISSN (online):1650-3740
Publisher:Linköping University Electronic Press; Linköpings universitet

Dominique Poulot, Felicity Bodenstein, José María Lanzarote Guiral (2012). Great Narratives of the Past Traditions and Revisions in National Museums: Conference Proceedings from EuNaMus; European National Museums: Identity Politics; the Uses of the Past and the European Citizen; Paris 28 June – 1 July & 25–26 November 2011 (10/4/2015)